I believe any man's finest hour - his greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle...Victorious
Honestly it comes down to our coach being more aggressive about putting points on the board, our offense having the capabilityto put points up and our defense coming up with stops at big moments. In years past our coaches t=run out the clock at the end of the half because it was deemed too dangerous to run a two minute offense. Philbin already used timeouts at the end of the half in two games to put up field goals before the end of the half. Very important filed goals in the grand scheme. Our offense has the capabilty to get those points now if we are close at the end of the games because it's good enough to capatilize on 4 down territory. Last but not least last week the defense was gassed because it spent far too much time on the field. That is not strategy. Bend but don't break was out of neccessity it asn't strategy because we were playing from behind and have been struggling running the ball. I'm not saying your totally wrong it's just not that simple. The good thing is we can and will be a lot better. Specially in the next several years. This team should be much better over the next several years. This year we should make the playoffs and we will gain some much needed experience but I don't think we are ready to win it all this year. Unless we get real lucky.
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Some folks are throwing out the notion that we are being outgained and our league wide rankings reflect that. Could this not have something to do with the strength of our early schedule (compared to other teams), and also right itself by season end? I don't think is as big of an issue currently, as some are making it out to be.
If you want insight as to what really happened during the '72 season, read Undefeated: Inside the 1972 Miami Dolphins' Perfect Season by Mike Freeman.
I was but 10 to 12 years old when I watched the early Dolphins play. I admit that I didn't understand much of the WHY for their consistent victories over many good teams. Mike Freeman's book gave me a much better understanding of how Shula was able to consistently get winning football out of his team during those dynasty years. It wasn't because they had better players or a wicked playbook compared to other teams, though they certainly had their share of that. It was for a lot of reasons that have to do with discipline, focus and will to be the best. Mostly, football was treated as a business for professionals in constant pursuit of mastering their trade and not some rah-rah collegiate outing week in and week out.
Like you, I believe this is the kind of team Philbin wants to build in order to present a perennial winner to this league from Miami. To be honest, I am amazed to find that there is a coach left who understands football in this way, whom has also reached a position of overall leadership in his organization. My hope, is that his leadership will give us the edge we need as a team from here on out and for many years to come.
The superior man blames himself. The inferior man blames others.
- Don Shula